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dc.contributor.authorCoote, Lindaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDietzsch, Ankeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Marken_UK
dc.contributor.authorGraham, Conoren_UK
dc.contributor.authorFuller, Laurenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Aislingen_UK
dc.contributor.authorIrwin, Sandraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Danielen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Fraseren_UK
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Thomasen_UK
dc.contributor.authorO'Halloran, Johnen_UK
dc.description.abstractIn many parts of the world, plantations make up a considerable proportion of the total forest area. In such regions, the identification of high biodiversity value stands and of management practices to enhance biodiversity is essential if the goals of Sustainable Forest Management are to be achieved. Since complete biodiversity assessments are rarely possible, efforts have been increasingly focussed on the use of indicators. Of particular interest are indicators applicable to individual stands that require no specialist taxonomic or technical knowledge to assess. Candidate biodiversity indicators had been identified in a previous study using data from Irish Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and ash (Fraxinus excelsior) plantations but had yet to be tested on independent data. In the present study, the provisional indicators for vascular plant, bryophyte, spider and bird diversity were tested on data from Irish Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), oak (Quercus petraea/Quercus robur), Sitka spruce and lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) plantations. Conifer canopy cover was confirmed as an important biodiversity indicator, due to its influence on below-canopy microclimatic and structural conditions. Bryophyte species richness was higher in relatively high canopy cover plantations on poorly drained soils, while bird species richness was higher in more open plantations with high shrub cover. Coarse woody debris was an important substrate for forest-associated bryophytes, with higher species richness at higher volumes of deadwood. Both proximity to old woodland and stand age were confirmed as positive indicators for forest-associated vascular plants. This is related to dispersal limitation in these species, with nearby woodlands acting as important seed sources and colonisation increasing with time. Stand age was also confirmed as a positive indicator for forest-associated spiders and is related to the development of suitable habitat as the plantation matures. All of the confirmed indicators can be assessed without need for specialist knowledge, are ecologically meaningful and applicable to a range of forests managed under a clearfelling system. They can be used to assess the potential value of stands for the taxonomic groups to which they apply, as well as giving insights into management practices to enhance diversity in these groups.en_UK
dc.relationCoote L, Dietzsch A, Wilson M, Graham C, Fuller L, Walsh A, Irwin S, Kelly D, Mitchell F, Kelly T & O'Halloran J (2013) Testing indicators of biodiversity for plantation forests. Ecological Indicators, 32, pp. 107-115.
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dc.subjectForest plantationen_UK
dc.subjectCanopy coveren_UK
dc.subjectSustainable Forest Managementen_UK
dc.titleTesting indicators of biodiversity for plantation forestsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleEcological Indicatorsen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationTrinity College, Dublinen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationTrinity College, Dublinen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Corken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Corken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationTrinity College, Dublinen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Corken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationTrinity College, Dublinen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationTrinity College, Dublinen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Corken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Corken_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorCoote, Linda|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDietzsch, Anke|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWilson, Mark|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGraham, Conor|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorFuller, Lauren|0000-0002-1672-0817en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWalsh, Aisling|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorIrwin, Sandra|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKelly, Daniel|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMitchell, Fraser|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKelly, Thomas|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorO'Halloran, John|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameCoote et al 2013 - Biodiversity indicators - Ecological Indicators.pdfen_UK
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